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Dryden and the Traces of Classical Rome

Paul Hammond


This book examines the uses that Dryden makes of Latin in his poetry and his critical writing, firstly through quotation and allusion, and secondly through formal translation. The first half explores the paradox that Dryden's sense of himself as a modern English writer is often articulated by means of a turn to classical Latin, while the contemporary English nation is conceptualized through references to ancient Rome. The second half offers readings of Dryden's translations from Horace, Juvenal, Lucretius, Ovid, and Virgil, culminating in a long essay on Dryden's Aeneis. Dryden used translatio ... More

Keywords: Dryden, mutability, metamorphosis, Aeneis, classical Rome, Horace, Juvenal, Lucretius, Ovid, Virgil

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780198184119
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184119.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Hammond, author
University of Leeds